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The Language of Flowers PDF Print E-mail

The romantic custom of using flowers to converse became very popular after the publication of Charlotte de Latour’s “Le Language des Fleurs” in 1819.
Victorian couples who were courting used flowers to communicate and declare their love and affection even when the strict etiquette of the times prohibited them from speaking openly.

Over time the meanings and definitions have changed according to culture and romantic notion (and no doubt will continue to) so the following guide is intended for inspiration to select flowers that speak to you…

• Amaryllis  Pride
• Aster   Love, Daintiness
• Baby’s Breath  Everlasting Love
• Carnation  Distinction
• Calla Lily  Magnificent Beauty
• Chrysanthemum Friendship
• Cornflower  Delicacy
• Daffodil  Joy
• Daisy   Loyalty
• Fern   Magic
• Forget-Me-Not  Remember me
• Freesia   Innocence
• Gardenia  Joy
• Gladioli  Generosity
• Heather (pink)  Good Luck
• Heather (white) Protection
• Hibiscus  Delicate Beauty
• Hyacinth  Sport and Play
• Iris   Wisdom
• Ivy   Fidelity
• Jasmine  Grace, Elegance
• Lilac   First Emotions of Love
• Lily   Happiness
• Lily-of-the-valley Return of Happiness
• Magnolia  Nobility
• Mint   Virtue
• Orange Blossom Fertility
• Orchid   Beauty
• Peony   Bashful
• Ranunculus  Radiant with Charms
• Rose – Red  Love
• Rose – Pink  Perfect Happiness
• Rose – White  I am Worthy of you
• Rose – Yellow  Decreased Love
• Rosemary  Remembrance
• Stephanotis  Happiness in Marriage
• Sweet Pea  Delicate Pleasures
• Tulip – Red  Declaration of Love
• Tulip – Yellow  Beautiful Smile
• Violets   Faithfulness


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